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Work Related Deductions for Doctors Denied

18 October 2021
A recent case through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) - Mfula and Commissioner of Taxation (Taxation) [2021] AATA 3067 (30 August 2021) - has potentially put into question expenses that locum doctors have been claiming as tax deductions over the years.

Tax & Technology – Cryptocurrency assets

14 October 2021
An increasing number of Australian taxpayers are using technology in investments and wealth management. 

Carbon capture, use and storage hubs and technologies | Hubs stream

12 October 2021
The Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Hubs and Technologies Program (CCUS) is a $250 million initiative that runs over 10 years to 30 June 2031 and is targeted at businesses that have a focus on the design and construction of shared CCUS infrastructure between multiple co-located emitters and viable CO2 storage sites.

Global tax policy developments continue to be clearer

12 October 2021
On 8 October 2021, the OECD followed up on its 1 July 2021, announcement to reform international taxation and to address the tax challenges arising from the digitalization of the economy. In particular, the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (IF) has agreed on a two-pillar solution.

Carbon capture, use and storage hubs and technologies | Technologies stream 

11 October 2021
The Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Hubs and Technologies Program (CCUS) is a $250 million initiative that runs over 10 years to 30 June 2031 and is targeted at businesses that have a focus on supporting collaboration and innovation in CCUS technologies and the identification and development of viable CO2 storage sites.

Support for the Victorian Building Industry

11 October 2021
With the Victorian Building Industry re-opening this week following its two week COVID shutdown, the Victorian State Government has recently announced a support package for affected businesses in the form of one-off cash grants. 

Foreign income and capital gains being incorrectly classified as ‘gifts’ or ‘loans’

4 October 2021
Are you an Australian resident for income tax purposes? The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is concerned as foreign income and capital gains continue to be incorrectly classified as gifts or loans in a bid to avert or evade tax.

Western Australia | State Budget Analysis 2021-22

14 September 2021
What does the 2021-22 Western Australia (WA) State Budget mean for you and your business? The WA State government budget for 2021-22 was handed down on September 9, 2021. 

Tasmania | State Budget Analysis 2021-22

27 August 2021
What does the 2021-22 Tasmanian State Budget mean for you and your business? On 26 August 2021, the Tasmanian Premier and Treasurer, the Honourable Peter Gutwein MP, delivered the Tasmanian Budget for 2021-22. 

Tax Insights | August 2021 edition

27 August 2021
In our August edition of Tax Insights, we look at MMI applications, tax deductions related to "vacant" land, and COVD key assistance measures. 

Family Law property settlements & extracting money from companies

9 August 2021
With the increased use of private companies to hold wealth or operate businesses, parties in family law property settlements are more and more likely to find themselves in unchartered territory when dividing the net asset pool.  Extracting cash or assets from private companies can trigger significant and unexpected tax issues. 

Tax Insights | July 2021 edition

9 August 2021
In our Tax Insights July edition, we look at the recent NSW and SA Government COVID-19 support packages and the future of mobility. 

Manufacturing Collaboration Stream - The Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI)

27 July 2021
The Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI) is a $1.3 billion initiative targeted at all businesses growing Australia’s Manufacturing capacity, building scale, and supply chain resilience.

GIGs – Are they worthy for your startup?

19 July 2021
Government and Industry Grants (GIGs) are available throughout the year via Federal, State (Territory) and Local Government programs along with funding announcements by other private and industry organisations (e.g. universities, CSIRO, etc.).

Tax Insights | June 2021 edition

30 June 2021
In our June edition of our Tax Insights we look at Taxation Ruling TR 2021/D4, R&D EOFY summary and more.

Taxation Ruling TR 2021/D4 - Income tax: royalties - character of receipts in respect of software

29 June 2021
The ATO has released an initial draft, for comment, of its updated guidance on the classification of royalties in relation to software, in TR 2021/D4.

Boost your tech business’s cash flow with government incentives

28 June 2021
How can you boost your tech business’s cash flow with government incentives? When you launch a startup, it’s natural to think being cash strapped comes with a territory. After all, you’ve likely seen plenty of movies and heard stories about the endless struggles of entrepreneurs who endure years of hard work before making a single penny.

R&D Tax Incentive: EOFY Summary

24 June 2021
We have seen a number of developments to the Research and Development Tax Incentive (R&DTI) during the 2021 income year. 

New South Wales | State Budget Analysis 2021-22

23 June 2021
What does the 2021-22 New South Wales State Budget mean for you and your business? The economic recovery from COVID-19 is very much the focus, with the NSW Treasurer, the Hon. Dominic Perottet, handing down the NSW Budget on 22 June 2021, titled Transforming NSW.

Queensland | State Budget Analysis 2021-22

16 June 2021
The headline message from the Queensland State Budget for 2021-22 is that Queensland’s economic recovery from COVID-19 is well underway and is happening more rapidly than forecasted: 

EOFY planning for SMEs

10 June 2021
EOFY planning for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) – Are ‘Instant Asset Write-Off’ deductions the only opportunity?

Further ATO guidance and proposed risk-rating framework for intangible arrangements

25 May 2021
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has released a draft Practical Compliance Guideline on Intangible Arrangements (PCG 2021/D4) in which it details its compliance approach and the risk assessment framework it plans to employ when considering the risk profile of intangible arrangements (IAs) operating between interna

Tax alert | Victorian State Budget 2021-22

24 May 2021
The Victorian Treasurer, Tim Pallas MLA, handed down the Victorian State Budget on Thursday 20 May 2021.  After a delayed 2020-21 budget on account of COVID-19, this budget was back in its traditional May timeslot.

Victoria | State Budget Analysis 2021-22

21 May 2021
What does the 2021-22 Victorian State Budget mean for you and your business?

Victorian State Budget 2021-22 | Property & Construction announcements

21 May 2021
The Victorian Government released its 2021-22 budget on 20 May 2021.

Set up your start-up for success

13 May 2021
Looking to set up a start-up? People create start-ups because of the passion they have for their project, the excitement of innovating, the allure of working on their own terms, and the prospect of high reward.

Self-education expenses

13 May 2021
It is important to understand the deductibility of self-education expenses and what it can mean for you.

Family Law & Tax Advice – End of Financial Year Actions

7 May 2021
The end of the financial year is fast approaching, highlighting some important tax compliance and administration matters that may have a significant impact on family law and tax matters. 

Tax Insights | April 2021 edition

28 April 2021
The latest tax updates for you and your business | April edition Keep up to date with the latest Australian and International tax news from our market-leading experts.

Upcoming R&D tax deadlines

26 April 2021
With the deadline for lodging company registrations that detail R&D activities from the last financial year 2020 (1 July 2019 – 30 June 2020) now approaching, the final date for lodgement is 30 April 2021.

How junior explorers can use tax incentives to boost cash reserves

8 April 2021
There is no question that despite the past year’s wild COVID-19 ride, Australia’s junior mining explorers have flourished in a market hungry for new mineral discoveries.

Fringe Benefits Tax Changes

30 March 2021
There have been major changes regarding the Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) in the last year. Belinda Crowley - Senior Manager in our Tax division in Brisbane, explains the details of the changes including: 

ATO’s compliance approach - allocation of profits

30 March 2021
On 1 March 2021, the ATO released Draft Practical Compliance Guideline PCG 2021/D2 (‘the Draft PCG’) in respect of the ATO’s ‘swim between the flags’ compliance approach to the allocation of profits from professional service firms, including accounting and legal service providers and medical practices.  

Tax alert | Fringe Benefits Tax

23 March 2021
Beware the FBT trap – the myth surrounding FBT ‘exempt’ cars! Read our recent tax alert to learn more.

FBT myth surrounding FBT 'exempt' cars

23 March 2021
Recent government initiatives expanding the instant asset write off (IAWO) measure by increasing the threshold to $150,000 and extending the measure to 31 December 2020 combined with the temporary full expensing of depreciating assets measure (TFEDA) which applies from budget night to 30 June 2022 has arguably contributed to a

2021 Fringe Benefits Tax – Tips and traps for the new normal

22 March 2021
The 2021 Fringe Benefits Tax (“FBT”) year is expected to be different from other years for a large number of employers.

Cash flow boost denied – AAT ignores IGTO recommendations

12 March 2021
In December 2020 the Inspector-General of Taxation and Taxation Ombudsman (IGTO) released the report on the aspects of the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) administration of the JobKeeper and Boosting Cash Flow (BCF) measure for new businesses.  

Tax alert | Modern Manufacturing Initiative & OECD guidance released

10 March 2021
The Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI) is a $1.3bn initiative targeted at all businesses growing Australia’s Manufacturing capacity, building scale and supply chain resilience. The MMI program is the signature program of the Australian Federal Government’s $1.5bn Modern Manufacturing Strategy, which was announced at the October 2020 Federal Budget.

The Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI)

10 March 2021
The Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI) is a $1.3bn initiative targeted at all businesses growing Australia’s Manufacturing capacity, building scale, and supply chain resilience. 

OECD Guidance Released - Transfer pricing in the age of COVID-19

25 February 2021
There are very few aspects of our lives that have not been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (“the Pandemic”). While the Pandemic is primarily a public health issue, governments’ response to contain the spread of the virus has caused major disruptions to economic activities across the globe.

New ATO tool providing GST compliance assurance

24 February 2021
In recent years, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has overhauled its broad-brush approach to undertaking tax audits – instead opting for a targeted risk-based approach.

Selling your tourism or hospitality business and paying no tax

16 February 2021
When selling your business there are a number of key areas that should be addressed in order to get the best outcome for you.

Minimising the risk of adverse tax consequences in Family Law property settlements

11 February 2021
A popular question among Family Lawyers is ‘how can I protect my client from adverse tax outcomes in property settlements?’. There is unfortunately no definitive answer to the question. 

Full expensing depreciation concessions

5 February 2021
Full expensing of depreciating assets - does it work for you? As a result of the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Australian economy, the Federal Government announced as part of the 2020-21 Budget a major overhaul to depreciation tax concessions.

Are you ATO “review ready”? | Justified Trust and Tax GST Compliance

6 January 2021
As we predicted in our August 2020 Tax Insight (Release of ATO’s n

JobMaker Hiring Credit rules released

9 December 2020
The federal government has registered the JobMaker Hiring Credit rules (‘JobMaker’). Complex but targeted to create employment opportunities, the rules provide some clarity for employers seeking to claim under the scheme.

Victoria | 2020-21 State Budget Analysis

25 November 2020
What does the 2020-21 Victorian state budget mean for you and your business? The Victorian Treasurer, Tim Pallas MLA, recently handed down the Victorian State Budget for 2020-21.  In line with the other Australian States and with the Federal Government, this budget was delayed from the usual May timing. 

New South Wales | 2020-21 State Budget Analysis

18 November 2020
What does the 2020-21 New South Wales state budget mean for you and your business?

Tasmania | 2020-21 State Budget Analysis

17 November 2020
What does the 2020-21 Tasmanian state budget mean for you and your business?

Northern Territory | 2020-21 State Budget Analysis

13 November 2020
What does the 2020-21 Northern Territory budget mean for you and your business? In its 2020-21 Budget, the Northern Territory (“NT”) Government is promoting the Territory as ‘Australia’s comeback capital’ and the future economic agenda as being ‘Jobs First’. 

South Australia | 2020-21 State Budget Analysis

13 November 2020
What does the 2020-21 South Australian state budget mean for you and your business? The South Australian State Budget is looking to restart the local economy by:  providing a platform for businesses to grow; investing in local infrastructure; and

Glencore Transfer Pricing case – taxpayer again prevails

12 November 2020
The Full Federal Court has largely dismissed the ATO's appeal against a September 2019 decision by Davies J in the transfer pricing case involving Glencore Investment Pty Ltd (“Glencore”).

The Division 7A Quandary

11 November 2020
The loss carry-back rules introduced as part of the 2020-21 Federal Budget measures to assist small and medium-sized business have been welcomed by eligible corporate entities impacted by COVID-19. 

Payroll tax relief to entice international and interstate businesses to move to NSW

6 November 2020
On 5 November 2020, the New South Wales (NSW) Government announced its new “Jobs Plus Program” (Program). The $250m Program directly encourages domestic and international businesses to move their head office or expand their operations into NSW through significant payroll tax relief.

COVID-19 Benefits come with risks - Beware!

5 November 2020
As Victoria gradually emerges from lockdown and the economy is on the verge of coming out of a recession, it’s a clear sign that things are heading in the right direction, but we’re not out of the woods yet.

Federal Budget implications for the R&D Tax Incentive

20 October 2020
The Australian Federal Budget was handed down on 6 October 2020, and outlined various economic stimulus measures with the intent to support Australia’s economic recovery through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

New Queensland Stamp Duty Exemption for Eligible Small Business Restructures

19 October 2020
On 9 October 2020, the Queensland Office of State Revenue (OSR) released Public Ruling DA000.16.1 (the Ruling), which introduces an exemption from duty for certain transactions relating to small business restructures.

Space: The final frontier for GST?

16 October 2020
The Technology and Innovation team at RSM share practical GST insights from within the developing Australian Space Industry. Goods and services tax (GST) in Space - is the supply of new and developing technology taxable?

Western Australia | 2020-21 State Budget Analysis

9 October 2020
What the 2020-21 Western Australian state budget means for you and your business

GST treatment for banking products released

2 October 2020
For a number of years, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has been revisiting long-held formal and informal positions it has taken with respect to the GST treatment of a range of banking products and financial services. 

Hybrid Mismatch Amendments

24 September 2020
Important technical amendments clarifying the operation of Australia’s hybrid mismatch rules received Royal Assent on 3 September 2020. Background

JobKeeper V2.0 - complexity redefined

16 September 2020
The long-awaited legislative instrument setting out the key amendments to the JobKeeper scheme to take effect from 28 September 2020, dubbed JobKeeper V2.0, has been registered by Treasury.

Victorian government business survival and adaptation package

15 September 2020
Following the release of its Roadmap to ‘COVID Normal’ on 6 September 2020, the Victorian Government recently announced $3 bn of financial support for Victorian Businesses. 

LinkedIn advertising changes for contractors

14 September 2020
Recent decisions reached by the Full Federal Court in FCT v Fortunatow [2020] FCAFC 139 have put a spotlight on the ‘unrelated clients test’ for contractors providing personal services.

Fringe Benefits Tax in a COVID-19 world

10 September 2020
The ATO have recently updated the guidance published on their website on the treatment of the provision of certain Fringe Benefits to employees, in light of the current pandemic. Two of the key items covered are:

ATO reverses JobKeeper position on calculation of turnover

8 September 2020
Further to our article on 31 August 2020, the ATO have now reversed their position on the inclusion of JobKeeper income in the calculation of aggregated turnover. It has been confirmed that JobKeeper payments will not be included in calculating aggregated turnover.

JobKeeper 2.0 legislation passed

3 September 2020
Legislation has been passed by Parliament extending the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme until 28 March 2021. The current JobKeeper rules will cease to have effect from 28 September 2020.

Claiming deductions for working from home - with a twist

31 August 2020
Many of us have been working from home recently and are continuing to adopt hybrid versions of working between the office and the home.

JobKeeper Income – Wolf in sheep’s clothing?

31 August 2020
ATO reverses opinion on JobKeeper and calculation of turnover. Click here for the update.

Interest-free loans - New draft ATO guidance released

31 August 2020
The ATO has published much-awaited guidance in relation to outbound interest-free loans - which it has released for comment in Draft Taxation Ruling TR 2017/4 DC2.

The case of employee underpayments

28 August 2020
Several large companies, including Westpac, Woolworths, Bunnings, and the Commonwealth Bank, have made front-page headlines for employee underpayments.

Arm’s length debt test – New ATO position finalised

24 August 2020
The ATO has simultaneously published two documents which now represent the ATO’s views on the application of the arm’s length debt test (“ALDT”) in determining borrowing capacity.

Urgent action required by employers | JobKeeper Update

17 August 2020
The government has introduced further changes to the JobKeeper Payment, designed to include as many employees as possible.

Changes to JobKeeper – what do employers need to do now?

14 August 2020
With all the changes the Australian government announced around the JobKeeper extension (JobKeeper 2.0 and 2.1), there has been some confusion around the Government changing the employee eligibility date from 1 March 2020 to 1 July 2020. 

JobKeeper 2.1 - Treasury announces further changes to JobKeeper payment

7 August 2020
In response to the significant impact of coronavirus restrictions on business owners in Victoria, and likely impacts to follow in NSW, Treasury has announced further changes to the JobKeeper V2.0 proposals originally announced in July.

COVID-19 Financial Reporting: Accounting for government assistance

7 August 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a serious impact on the economic environment, governments continue to provide different forms of assistance to affected entities.

GST and tax governance back on the agenda for boards and management

6 August 2020
Release of ATO’s new “GST Governance, Data Testing and Transaction Testing Guide” Summary

Taxation Determination TD 2020/D1 release creates issues

6 August 2020
In a move that is sure to cause headaches for companies claiming the R&D Tax incentive, the ATO published draft Taxation Determination TD 2020/D1 Income tax: notional deductio

Accounting for changes in tax rates

30 July 2020
Corporate Tax rates for smaller Australian companies are set to fall over the next few years. How should the changes in tax rates be reflected in financial statements?

JobTrainer- help for apprentices and trainees

23 July 2020
On the 16th of July, the government announced an investment of $2 bn in a bid to help people get into work post the

New announcement and changes to JobKeeper 2.0 - What it means for business owners

21 July 2020
The government has today released more detail surrounding much anticipated changes to the JobKeeper program.

Queensland foreign owner land tax surcharge: Ex gratia relief guidelines

20 July 2020
In last year’s State Budget, the Queensland Government unexpectedly announced an immediate 2% surcharge on the Queensland land tax liabilities of foreign companies and trustees of foreign trusts (collectively, “foreign owners”).

A better approach to JobKeeper?

20 July 2020
With speculation rife over the future of the JobKeeper scheme, we explore what has worked with the scheme, what hasn’t and possible changes to the scheme that may be considered when the Treasurer releases his economic update and the results of the Treasury review into the scheme.

OECD's Annual Corporate Tax Statistics Publication

17 July 2020
The OECD has released the 2nd edition of its annual Corporate Tax Statistics publication.

Australia adopts OECD 2017 Transfer Pricing Guidelines

10 July 2020
Australia’s transfer pricing legislation has now imported the most recent updates to the OECD's Transfer Pricing Guidelines as published on 10 July 2017.

JobKeeper - Will your records sustain an ATO review?

10 July 2020
The ATO have recently updated their ‘Keeping JobKeeper Fair’ guidance and have provided examples of the type of activity they are targeting when reviewing eligibility.

Reforming GST and State Taxes

9 July 2020
If ever there was a topic that tax advisers would agree on, it is that GST and state taxes, such as stamp duty and payroll tax, are in desperate need of reform. In commemorating the 20th anniversary of the implementation of GST, it’s an appropriate to time to reflect on the current state of play for indirect ta

ATO’s assurance initiatives - Top 1,000 Tax Performance Program

7 July 2020
Established in July 2016, the ATO's Top 1,000 Tax Performance Program is in its fourth year of establishing greater assurance that large public and multinational taxpayer groups are paying their ‘fair share of tax’.

Single Touch Payroll (STP) Reporting - Are you ready?

6 July 2020
Single Touch Payroll (STP) has been around for a few years now. It was introduced back in July 2018 for businesses with 20 or more employees as a means of providing transparency over wages, PAYG tax and superannuation for both the ATO and employees.

Still Time to Act - Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty

2 July 2020
Time is running out to make any voluntary employer superannuation contributions to the ATO, under the Government’s Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty. The deadline for the submission is 7 September 2020, with no further extension possible, under the legislation.

Division 7A minimum yearly loan repayments and COVID-19

26 June 2020
The ATO has released long-awaited guidance on Division 7A minimum yearly loan repayments and COVID-19. However, given the late release of the guidance and the onerous requirements to be satisfied in the application form it is arguably too little, too late.

Discretionary trusts, non-TAP gains, and foreign beneficiaries

23 June 2020
The foundations of a sound tax system are built on the notions of efficiency, equity and simplicity.[1] Put simply, this means that the tax system should minimise distortion, apply fairly, and be clear and concise in its application.[2]

R&D year end planning during an unprecedented time

15 June 2020
In what has been an unprecedented year so far around the world, business and life in Australia have never been more different.

The ATO Director Penalty Regime

15 June 2020
The ‘corporate veil’ separates the rights, obligations and liabilities of a company’s Shareholders / Directors from those of the company itself.

The R&D Tax Incentive and Your Business

11 June 2020
The Research and Development Tax Incentive is a Federal Government initiative to encourage companies to invest in innovation that benefits Australia.

Jobkeeper deadline - extended again?

11 June 2020
A “systems issue” at the ATO’s end on the last day of enrolment caused frustration for entities that tried to log in but were locked out and could not access the portal. 

Instant asset write off extended

9 June 2020
In an effort to promote further investment by Australian business, the Federal Government has announced an extension of the instant asset write off to 31 December 2020. Legislation is expected to be introduced shortly.

Do you have the evidence ready for a JobKeeper claim review by the ATO?

5 June 2020
The first of June is traditionally the start of winter but, for the tax-minded amongst us, 1 June 2020 also marks the official start of the next phase of the JobKeeper scheme.

Tax planning considerations in a COVID-19 world

4 June 2020
In times of crisis, it is normal to overlook certain aspects of life as health and safety become a focus. As is with the common cliché, the reality is that taxes are still a prevailing issue for everyone despite the challenges they may be facing.

JobKeeper and record keeping – what you need to know about projected GST turnover

1 June 2020
JobKeeper payments are now trickling in to give a much-needed boost to the cashflow of eligible businesses which is a cue to remind businesses of the compliance and that it is critical to ensure records are reasonable enough to substantiate any future queries.

JobKeeper and Compulsory Superannuation Guarantee

1 June 2020
The Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payment and Benefits) Rules 2020 (JobKeeper rules) were registered by the Treasurer on 9 April 2020.

Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive – Explained for 2020/21

28 May 2020
The Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive (JMEI) was introduced in 2018 to allow junior mining exploration companies (JMEC) that are undertaking greenfield exploration in Australia, to convert tax losses into exploration credits for investors.

The broadening of Significant Global Entity definition

26 May 2020
Broadening of Significant Global Entity definition and the potential impact for Australian entities with Private Equity ownership.

Employers to beware of hidden payroll tax and WorkCover costs of JobKeeper payments

20 May 2020
By and large, the JobKeeper Payment scheme is a much-welcome lifeline for employees and employers alike, especially now that the payments have started to flow. However, from an employer’s point of view, they need to be aware that they may be forced to bear some of the costs of administering the scheme.

Transfer pricing issues during COVID-19

11 May 2020
The adverse impact of COVID-19 on a large number of businesses requires no introductory comment, as their focus turns to survival and cash preservation.

Change, risk and opportunity: R&D tax claims in the mining and resources sector

11 May 2020
With so much change impacting business, we present a summary for the mining and resource sector highlighting issues that could impact (some positive) their current and future R&D tax claims.

COVID-19 and the impact on EOFY tax and family law

8 May 2020
This week Tracey Dunn, our Associate Director of Tax Services, ran a webinar titled Family Law: Tax and the ongoing impact of COVID-19.

A lift in benefit: Recent measures for depreciating assets used for R&D purposes

5 May 2020
Over the past 12 months, including due to the COVID-19 economic downturn, a number of measures have been introduced by the Federal Government to provide greater access to tax deductions relating to depreciating assets.

JobKeeper – Service entities, schemes and more complex rules

5 May 2020
The legislative instrument setting out the modified rules for service entities, among other things, was registered by Treasury late in the evening on Friday 1 May 2020.

Demystifying the substantial increase in turnover test

5 May 2020
The legislative instrument and associated guidelines around the alternative decline in turnover tests that can be applied by an entity in order to qualify for the JobKeeper scheme have recently been released.

COVID-19 and transfer pricing issues: Potential JobKeeper Payment Implications

5 May 2020
COVID-19 has had a very adverse impact on the cash flows of many Australian businesses, who will be looking closely at the JobKeeper Payment regime and whether their turnover has declined by the requisite percentage. 

COVID-19 and transfer pricing issues: Financing

5 May 2020
COVID-19 has had a pervasive effect on business and one of the most salient is its impact on a company’s cash flow and funding arrangements.

Overview of State and Territory Government Announcements

30 April 2020
Overview of State and Territory Government Announcements. See below a summary of State tax measures.

Calculating GST turnover for the JobKeeper Payment scheme

30 April 2020
Calculating GST turnover for the JobKeeper Payment scheme – cash, accruals, or something else?  One of the critical aspects for an employer to consider and satisfy as part of the JobKeeper Payment Scheme is whether it has satisfied the decline in turnover test. 

Land tax relief for landlords and tenants

30 April 2020
Land tax relief for landlords and tenants following the release of the Mandatory Code of Conduct The National Cabinet recently signed off on the Mandatory Code of Conduct (“the Code”) for commercial landlords and tenants, which included a set of “good faith leasing principles”. 

Important changes to the JobKeeper Program

24 April 2020
The Treasurer, the Hon Josh Frydenberg has announced the government will make further changes to the JobKeeper payment rules.  We summarise the changes below and will provide further updates when they come to hand.  

JobKeeper Payment - new ways to prove decline in turnover

23 April 2020
The Commissioner of Taxation (the Commissioner) has now issued the much-anticipated legislative instrument setting out the alternative decline in turnover tests that can be applied by an entity as part of satisfying the eligibility criteria for the JobKeeper payment scheme.  

New announcements to the 'JobKeeper Payments'

7 April 2020
In recent days, the Federal Government has made updates to the JobKeeper payment Fact Sheet, providing clarity surrounding eligibility for certain individuals and consolidated groups, and extending the eligibility criteria for eligible charities.

Greig’s deduction allowed; but will this be the final judgment?

1 April 2020
Early in March 2020, the Full Federal Court handed down a decision in Greig v Commissioner of Taxation [2020] FCAFC25 (Greig’s Case), which was a reversal of the Fede

Clarification required following economic stimulus package

31 March 2020
Fear and uncertainty resulting from the economic impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to affect business owners and individuals alike. There are immediate issues impacting taxpayers that require clarification.

$1,500 'JobKeeper' payment - Further support to businesses to retain workers

31 March 2020
The Federal Government announced on 30 March 2020 further support measures for businesses and individuals impacted by COVID-19.  The JobKeeper payment for eligible employers will be effective from 30 March 2020 and delivered through the tax system. 

Has coronavirus impacted the R&D Tax Incentive – what claimants need to know

31 March 2020
The short answer is, not much. While COVID-19 wreaks havoc on humankind and the economy alike, the R&D incentive may just be the silver lining in a coronavirus shaped cloud.

VIC State Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus Package – What you need to know

30 March 2020
*This page was last updated on 30 March. For more information, click here.

Show me the money - integrity measures advise a cautious approach to stimulus packages

27 March 2020
The Omnibus Bill 2020, covering both Government Coronavirus Economic Response Packages, has received royal assent and is now law. While this will become an accountant’s bible at a time where people are seeking instant cash flow, it is advised that advisers proceed with caution.

SA State Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus Package – What you need to know

27 March 2020
*This page was last updated on 27 March. For more information, click here.

The Moreton Resources Case - R&D tax incentive in Australia

26 March 2020
The Moreton Resources Case – Finally certainty amongst the uncertainty for the R&D tax incentive in Australia, but only if you know how to find it.  

COVID-19 – Proactive steps to protect your business

23 March 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a once in a 100-year event with a sudden and significant impact, prompting a financial crisis in markets and businesses across the world. The global nature of the crisis means that supply chains are disrupted, while revenue in many industries has collapsed. 

NT State Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus Package – What you need to know

23 March 2020
*This page was last updated on 23 March. For more information, click here.

ACT State Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus Package – What you need to know

23 March 2020
*This page was last updated on 23 March. For more information, click here.

TAS State Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus Package – What you need to know

18 March 2020
*This page was last updated on 18 March. For more information, click here.

QLD State Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus Package – What you need to know

18 March 2020
*This page was last updated on 18 March. For more information, click here.

NSW State Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus Package - what you need to know

18 March 2020
*This page was last updated on 18 March. For more information, click here.

WA State Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus Package – What you need to know

17 March 2020
*This page was last updated on 17 March. For more information, click here.

Employee Share Trust - ATO Provides Guidance on Definition

17 March 2020
You’re the CFO of an ASX listed company that has established an Employee Share Trust (EST). The EST has been setup in order to hold shares or rights to shares for the company’s employees who participate in an Employee Share Scheme (ESS).

State governments unveil tax relief during natural disasters

16 March 2020
The oft-quoted maxim is that the art of tax is to pluck the goose so as to maximise the amount of feathers but minimise the amount of hissing.  

Fringe Benefits Tax - Tips and Traps for the 2020 FBT year

13 March 2020
With most employers now using Single Touch Payroll (STP), the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has access to real-time information about employers and their employees.  

Active Asset? Small Business CGT Concessions characterised by ‘use’

4 March 2020
On 20 December 2019, the Federal Court handed down its decision in the case of Commissioner of Taxation v Eichmann [2019] FCA 2155. The case considered the meaning of an ‘active asset’ for the purposes of the small business capital gains tax (CGT) concessions.

Directors beware – lifting the company veil for GST and other indirect taxes

2 March 2020
Generally, the unpaid debts of a company are not recoverable against the company’s directors.

RSM Australia appoints Sam Mohammad as national head of indirect tax practice

2 March 2020
RSM Australia (RSM), one of the largest mid-tier accounting firms in Australia, has announced the appointment of Sam Mohammad as national head of its indirect tax practice.

Superannuation Guarantee (SG) Amnesty Passes Parliament

27 February 2020
The Treasury Laws Amendment (Recovering Unpaid Superannuation) Bill 2019 has been passed by both Houses of Parliament and now awaits Royal Assent. 

Some relief for bushfire affected taxpayers holding vacant land

19 February 2020
In late 2019 we wrote about the impact of Treasury Laws Amendment 2019 Tax Integrity and Other Measures No 1 Bill 2019 on farmers holding vacant land.

A super second chance for tax deductions

10 February 2020
When it comes to tax matters we plan and often rush madly to put things in place by the end of the financial year. If we don’t it’s usually a missed opportunity that has passed never to return, leaving us to bemoan “If I could turn back time”.

Beware of purchasing Victorian residential land in a trust

10 February 2020
The Victorian Duties Act 2000 imposes a stamp duty surcharge of 8% on the acquisition of Victorian residential property by a foreign purchaser. This surcharge brings the top stamp duty rate to 13.5%.

TA 2020/1 - Intangibles: Is your remuneration correct?

28 January 2020
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has released its first Taxpayer Alert of the decade in TA 2020/1, which identifies two principal concerns regarding intangibles:

R&D tax update | what you need to know in 2020

28 January 2020
30 April 2020 Deadline Approaching A general reminder for year-ended 30 June 2019 companies planning on accessing the R&D Tax Incentive program that you must lodge your R&D Application Form with AusIndustry within ten (10) months of the relevant financial year-end.

Changes may see Aussie expats taxed on disposal of their Australian home

18 December 2019
The Treasury Laws Amendment (Reducing Pressure on Housing Affordability Measures) Bill 2019 (the Bill) was re-introduced to the House of Representative on 23 October 2019 despite widespread criticism of the retrospective nature of the legislation and unresolved issues surrounding the impact on certain Australian residents. 

Western Australian payroll tax thresholds to increase

18 December 2019
On 28 November 2019, the Payroll Tax Assessment Amendment (Thresholds) Bill 2019 (“the Bill”) was introduced to the Legislative Assembly.

Don’t let Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) be the grinch who steals your Christmas

5 December 2019
With the holiday season fast approaching it is important for employers to be cognisant of Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) implications before rewarding employees for their efforts during the year.

Employee parking could cost you FBT

5 December 2019
The November release of Draft Ruling TR2019/D5 (the draft ruling) may prove to be a cause of concern for employers.

Deductibility of labour costs related to the construction or creation of assets

4 December 2019
Draft Tax Ruling TR 2019/D6 explains the Commissioner’s views as to when labour costs relating to the construction or creation of an asset is deductible for tax purposes under section 8-1 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Tax Act). 

Private groups on notice – the Tax Avoidance Taskforce is coming

28 November 2019
Born out of various anti-avoidance reforms announced in the 2016-17 Federal Budget, the Australian Taxation Office (“ATO”) established a Tax Avoidance Taskforce to pursue tax avoidance activities of multinationals and high wealth individuals. 

Changes to the Thin Capitalisation Legislation

26 November 2019
In a response to concerns raised around asset revaluations for the purpose of calculating an entity’s thin capitalisation ratio, the Government announced in the 2018-19 Federal Budget that they would be proposing legislation to tighten the Thin Capitalisation rules.

Working holiday maker or Australian Tax Discrimination?

18 November 2019
On 30 October 2019, the Federal Court handed down judgment in Addy v Commissioner of Taxation [2019] FCA 1768.

Screws tightened on the taxation of Testamentary Trusts

6 November 2019
Testamentary Trusts (trusts created under the effect of a will) have provided both control and tax advantages for many years.

'Exempt' Motor Vehicles Caught Under Fringe Benefits Tax

25 October 2019
Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) arises when an employer provides a benefit to an employee (including Directors) in place of salary or wages and may include the provision of a benefit to an employee’s associate.  

Farmers set to lose tax deductions for vacant land

22 October 2019
Farmers are set to lose tax deductions for vacant land – despite calls to Government to change the proposed legislation. The Government provided assurances “…farmers will be fully protected from any unintended consequences of the bill”. 

Reportable Tax Position (RTP) Schedule for Private Companies Delayed

22 October 2019
After a brief consultation period on the expansion of the Reportable Tax Position (RTP) Schedule to include private companies, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has deferred the commencement of these measures until the 2021 financial year.

The Harding Case | Australia individual tax residency rules

7 October 2019
Australia’s individual tax residency rules have been a subject of debate for many years, with numerous calls for change.

Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty - A case of deja vu

24 September 2019
On Wednesday 18 September 2019, the Assistant Treasurer, Mr. Michael Sukkar, introduced an unexpected but welcome Bill to the House of Representatives. 

Simplified Transfer Pricing Record Keeping (STPRK) options for loan

18 September 2019
On 11 September 2019, the ATO released an update to Practical Compliance Guideline (“PCG”) 2017/2, in respect of Simplified Transfer Pricing Record Keeping (“STPRK”) options for lower-risk transactions.

Glencore prevails over ATO in transfer pricing dispute – appeal likely to follow

10 September 2019
On 3 September 2019, the Federal Court (at first instance) found in favour of Glencore in its transfer pricing dispute with the ATO, regarding the pricing of copper concentrate supplied by Glencore’s Australian group to its Swiss parent.

Negative Gearing of Vacant Land - is this the beginning of the end?

6 September 2019
The Treasury Laws Amendment (2019 Tax Integrity and Other Measures No. 1) Bill 2019 was introduced to Parliament on 24 July 2019. One significant measure of the Bill is the introduction of proposed legislation to limit deductions for losses or outgoings incurred in relation to holding vacant land.

Accounting for the R&D Tax Incentive

15 August 2019
The R&D Tax Incentive has been in place since 2011.  However, uncertainty remains over the appropriate accounting treatment for it in financial statements.  Ralph Martin, RSM’s National Technical Director, considers the matter:

SimBT Tax Losses - Similar but not Simpler

10 July 2019
Similar business test

Tax time for individuals

2 July 2019
With tax time fast approaching, no doubt there are many individual taxpayers eagerly counting down the days until they can lodge their 2019 Income Tax Return and hopefully receive a much-anticipated tax refund.

Instant asset write-off – what can you claim?

17 June 2019
The instant asset write-off is not available for all business assets and determining which assets are eligible may pose a challenge for many small and medium-sized business owners (SME) and their advisers.

What’s on the tax agenda post-election?

5 June 2019
The recent Federal Election saw the Coalition led by Scott Morrison returned to government.  While this means that Labor’s controversial tax policies have been put on ice, it’s time to revisit the government’s tax agenda and what this means for you. 

What to consider when tax planning for EOFY

4 June 2019
With the end of the financial year looming, it’s time to think about your tax planning options before 30 June hits. We’ve curated a list of top things to focus on when organising your tax affairs for year-end, applicable to businesses, primary producers, trusts and individuals.

2019-20 Victorian State budget tax analysis

29 May 2019
Picking up the pieces after an uncertain 18 months After a somewhat surprising Liberal victory at the Federal Election, the state government has released its 2019-20 Victorian State Budget in the shadows of slumping stamp duty revenue and a forecasted reduction in federal financing. 

Will Labor overcomplicate our already complicated tax environment?

7 May 2019
Overwhelmed by the tax rhetoric delivered by the Australian Labor Party (ALP)? You are in the right place. The following commentary breaks down the ALP’s tax implementations and how they impact individuals.  

Australia's hybrid mismatch regime

7 May 2019
In response to recommendations by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (‘OECD’) in Action 2 of it's Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (‘BEPS’) initiative in 2015, Australia has now enacted a new hybrid mismatch regime that generally applies to income years commencing on or after 1 January 2019.

2019 Federal Election - Comparison of policies

6 May 2019
Ahead of the federal election on 18 May, we compare the policies impacting small business owners, as announced by the two major parties.

How does being a Significant Global Entity (SGE) affect my Australian tax obligations?

18 April 2019
The introduction of the concept of a significant global entity (SGE) was to increase the transparency of multinationals and was in line with the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) initiatives.

When similar is sufficient - new hope for deducting company tax losses

12 April 2019
The ability for a company to recoup its prior year tax losses has always been a contentious topic. If a company wishes to recoup its tax losses, it’s required to pass the continuity of ownership test (COT), and failing COT, the same business test (SBT).

Federal opposition shadow budget comparison – Let the campaigning begin!

5 April 2019
With the ‘ink’ barely dry on this week’s Federal Budget and an election looming, it is evident that tax policy and economic management is set to be a major factor as the ‘battle lines’ are drawn. 

2019-20 Federal Budget – an economic view

5 April 2019
The Government’s 2019-20 budget sees a much-heralded return to budget surplus that has given the Treasurer the financial headroom to craft a budget that both appeals to voters as well as providing fiscal stimulus to an economy that could benefit from a bit of a boost to consumer spending.

Proposed Labor negative gearing policies set to compromise the great Australian dream

28 March 2019
If the great Australian dream is the purchase of your very own home, then the ability to negatively gear investment properties is an Australian institution. What will become of the Australian way if the Labor party is brave enough to challenge this iconic status quo?

Uncertainty prevails for taxpayers as election looms

28 March 2019
As the Australian public await a date announcement for the upcoming Federal Election, uncertainty prevails for many taxpayers as they anticipate the outcome of many unenacted and proposed changes to tax legislation.

Fringe Benefits Tax – Tips and Traps for the 2019 FBT year

25 March 2019
With the introduction of Single Touch Payroll (STP), the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) now has access to real-time information about employers and their employees.   If you have employees, the more likely it is you are providing some form of fringe benefit and the higher the risk the ATO will expect to see you lodge a Fringe Benefits Tax (F

Budget "sweeteners" diminished by downside economic risks

22 March 2019
The budget will be an opportunity to provide a suite of sweeteners to voters ahead of the expected May election.

Low wages growth revisited in Federal Budget

22 March 2019
The upcoming Federal budget will once again provide the opportunity for the Federal Government to focus on the future needs of the Australian economy.  

Labor's proposed changes to franking credits

21 March 2019
With a Federal election looming, now is the time to consider the impact of a Labor government and its proposed tax policies on Australian taxpayers. For corporate entities, a key tax change will be Labor’s proposed roll back of refundable imputation credits which was introduced by the Howard government. 

Instant asset write-off to ‘skip the line’ of legislation in the Senate

18 March 2019
Doubt has been raised as to whether the recently announced increase to the Small Business Instant Asset Write-off threshold from $20,000 to $25,000 and effective 29 January 2019 to 30 June 2020 will be passed before the Federal election.  

GST nuances – from the world’s oldest profession to it’s newest

13 March 2019
Almost 20 years on from the introduction of GST in Australia by then-Prime Minister John Howard and who’d have thought that robust deliberation on its application continues.

Tax on sale of family home - proposed government change

5 March 2019
Australian expats who own homes in Australia are not the only ones at risk of paying tax on the former family home under proposed changes to capital gains tax (CGT).

The devil in the detail – have you ‘used’ that mining, quarrying or prospecting right?

4 March 2019
While Australia’s tax system rightly supports resource exploration by allowing deductions for depreciating assets first used in exploration, concerns that the deduction was being misused prompted an integrity approach to support genuine exploration.

Proposed R&D tax changes don't stand up to Senate scrutiny

14 February 2019
The Senate’s Economics Legislation Committee report was tabled on Monday 11 February and in its collective wisdom, the committee has put on hold proposed changes to the research and development (R&D) tax incentive.

ATO broadens Reportable Tax Position lodgement requirements

7 February 2019
In the quiet of the first week of February, as Australia is getting back to work after the holiday period, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) announced sweeping changes to its Reportable Tax Position (RTP) Schedule criteria. 

Changes to Capital Gains Tax exemption for foreign residents

6 February 2019
Controversial legislation enabling the removal of the capital gains tax (CGT) main residence exemption for foreign residents was originally scheduled for debate in the Senate on 16 October 2018. 

Single Touch Payroll Reporting – Clarity for small employers?

12 December 2018
After considerable delays in the Senate, small employers now have some clarity surrounding the implementation date for Single Touch Payroll reporting (“STP”).  The Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No. 1) Bill 2017 was passed by the Senate on Wednesday 5 December 2018 with a proposed amendment.

How businesses can avoid being caught off-guard by payroll tax

3 December 2018
Following high-profile cases of businesses failing to adequately pay their workers, some of those same businesses are being investigated for failing to pay their state payroll tax.

Bridging the governance gap

28 November 2018
Having worked with companies to implement tax governance frameworks for over 15 years, I’m seeing the first signs that tax governance is truly going mainstream.

Why franchisees have to be proactive when it comes to payroll

26 November 2018
Franchisees usually get a lot of help from franchisors when it comes to marketing, branding, and daily operations. One area where some franchisees seem to be left out in the cold is in managing payroll.

New black economy measures target withholding obligations and tax deductions

21 November 2018
An extra layer of complexity is added for small businesses as new measures to tighten grip on the black economy targets withholding obligations and tax deduction.

Labor party updates policy - implications for negative gearing and CGT

20 November 2018
Implications for negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions

Division 7A or Doomsday

31 October 2018
Treasury Releases Consultation Paper

Satyam Computer Services v ATO: international tax war intensifies

25 October 2018
Satyam Computer Services has returned to the Australian Courts to again contest Australia’s taxing rights over fees paid by Australian customers for IT/technical services performed by Satyam employees based in India.

Integrity approach to small business CGT concessions adds layers of complexity.

15 October 2018
After careful deliberation, the Bill limiting access to the Small Business Capital Gains Tax (CGT) Concessions, Treasury Laws Amendment (Tax Integrity and Other Measures), was passed in Parliament on 20 September 2018.

Corporate tax rates – what lies beneath, a set of steak knives perhaps?

12 October 2018
A joint media release by PM Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announces more changes to corporate tax rates.

Australia takes the next step to taxing the digital economy

11 October 2018
The Australian Treasury released a discussion paper in early October 2018 to inform a consultation about whether, and if so, how Australia could introduce an ‘interim measure’ to tax sectors of the digital economy. 

Understanding the instant asset write-off for farmers and small business

20 September 2018
Australian business owners rejoice – legislation extending the well regarded instant asset write-off program has been passed. 

ATO denies deduction: The case for critical comparisons when establishing precedent

13 September 2018
When landmark ATO cases come to mind there is no doubt that the decision handed down by the High Court in FCT v Myer Emporium Ltd (1987) 18 ATR 693 (Myer) would make the top ten.

What foreign owners of residential property need to know about lodging their annual return

4 September 2018
In late 2017, the Australian Federal Government introduced an annual vacancy fee to be levied on  foreign owners of residential property, where the property is not occupied or generally available on the rental market for at least 6 months in a 12 month period. 

How the PM’s defeat impacts corporate tax rates

24 August 2018
Following the proposal for reduced tax rates for corporate entities in 2016, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan No 2) Bill 2017 (the Bill) was ultimately defeated in the Senate on 23 August 2018 by a vote of 36 to 30. 

Foreign incorporated companies and changes to the tax ruling - What you need to know.

20 August 2018
Most will remember the 2016 High Court ruling in the case of Bywater Investments Limited.

Reduced corporate tax rates - what rate of tax will my company pay?

27 July 2018
While the legislation is transitioning, some have been left confused about the application of reduced corporate tax rates and the details of eligibility criteria during this state of limbo. To provide some clarity, we take a closer look.

Fringe Benefits Tax – ATO finalise their position on private use of vehicles.

18 July 2018
New guidelines for private use exemptions of eligible motor vehicles for Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) - ATO says yes to making a quick stop to grab a coffee (as long as it doesn’t add more than 2kms to your trip to work and is infrequent) but no to heading to cricket practice after work. 

R&D Tax Incentive Reform - Call for submissions

4 July 2018
R&D tax reforms, as announced in the 2018-19 Federal Budget, are steps closer to implementation with the Treasurer and Minister for Jobs and Innovation releasing draft legislation proposed to enact the changes. 

New GST withholding rules - what property purchasers and developers need to know

24 May 2018
The Federal Government has passed legislation that will require purchasers of new residential properties to remit the GST directly to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as part of settlement. The measures were first announced in last year’s Federal Budget. The legislation specifies: 

Budget falters on R&D tax (and how this impacts startups)

24 May 2018
It’s the third budget handed down by Treasurer Scott Morrison and for those of us in the innovation space, a whole lot to digest. After poring over the detail, I’ve created a summary of notable items for your reading pleasure (disclaimer: it’s not all pleasant).

Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive - Get in quick!

15 May 2018
The Exploration Development Incentive (EDI) was replaced by the Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive (JMEI) for the 2018 to 2021 years. JMEI applications for the 2019 year must be electronically submitted between 1 June and 30 June 2018.

R&D tax due diligence important for SMSF investors

3 May 2018
With the leading businesses in the world now being technology and intellectual property-based rather than physical asset-based businesses, investors are looking more proactively for early-stage companies that have similar characteristics.

Fringe Benefits Tax  – ATO Focus Areas

24 April 2018
With Fringe Benefits Tax (“FBT”) returns due for lodgement in May, the Australian Taxation Office (“ATO”) has highlighted common FBT errors that may attract further scrutiny.

Are you missing out on tax incentives?

7 March 2018
If you’re the owner of a company that, unbeknown to you, conducts research and development (R&D) which could qualify for tax incentives – to the tune of 45 cents for every dollar spent – now’s the time to explore how much tax money you might be leaving on the table.

Tax Deductibility Inquiry

2 March 2018
Last week the government tabled its response to the recent inquiry of the House of Representative's Standing Committee on Economics regarding tax-deductible expenses.

GST on residential premises - legislation delayed

19 January 2018
The Bill containing the legislation dealing with GST on property transactions will not be introduced into parliament until the autumn parliamentary sittings at the earliest, but it is our understanding that there is no change to the commencement date for the new regime, which remains 1 July 2018.

Fringe Benefits Tax – When is private vehicle use exempt?

19 December 2017
ATO releases draft guidelines to assist employers determining Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) exemptions for employee’s private use of vehicles.  The draft Practical Compliance Guideline (PCG) considers FBT exemptions often used by employers in respect of utilities, vans and eligible dual cabs.

ATO extends lodgement date for Country-by-Country Reporting

24 November 2017
The Australian Taxation Office (“ATO”) announced this week an extension of the due date for lodgement of the Country-by-Country report, master file and local file (collectively “CbCR”), from 31 December 2017 to 15 February 2018 for taxpayers with an income year ended on 31 December 2016.

New GST Legislation released - Developers and Home Builders beware

10 November 2017
On 6 November 2017, Treasury published an Exposure Draft of legislation that will require purchasers of new residential premises and lots in new residential subdivisions to pay an amount equal 1/11th of the

Will passive income affect your entitlement to be taxed at 27.5%?

10 November 2017
The Parliament recently introduced legislation that seeks to tax corporate entities at the full 30% tax rate where more than 80% of the company’s income for the year is base rate passive income.   A recap of the current law

Long-term construction contract ruling | Draft ruling issued

31 October 2017
In 1987, Aretha Franklin finally got the respect she deserved by being the first woman inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame. Also that same year, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) released Income Tax Ruling IT 2450 to determine how to return income and recognise expenses on long-term construction contracts.

Is the ATO watching you and you don’t even know it?

19 September 2017
The ATO is always keen to ensure that the tax system is fair and that all Australian taxpayers are paying the right amount of tax on their income.

Western Australian State Budget Announcement

8 September 2017
A budget for Western Australians to be owned by Western Australians. This was the line the State Treasurer used as he released his first State Budget in office.  

ATO focus extended to superannuation guarantee non-compliance

30 August 2017
The Australian Government has announced increased funding for the ATO in order to focus on employer underpayments of compulsory superannuation contributions.  

Corporate Tax Rate reductions and the impact on shareholders

14 August 2017
In the 2016–17 Budget, the Government announced its intention to reduce the corporate tax rate from 30% to 25% by the 2026-27 income year.  These changes were outlined in the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan) Bill and after minor amendments by the Senate, received Royal Assent on 19 May 2017.

Government Crackdown on Rental Property Deductions

21 July 2017
The Government announced in the 2017 Federal Budget that it would be making changes to the legislation regarding Rental Property Deductions under the guise of “reducing pressure on housing affordability”.

Foreign Resident Capital Gains Withholding Tax

19 July 2017
The Federal Government recently announced changes to the Foreign Resident Capital Gains Withholding (“FRCGW”) rate and threshold.  The changes will apply to all contracts entered into from 1 July 2017 and include:

OECD releases revised Transfer Pricing Guidelines

17 July 2017
On 10 July 2017, the OECD released its revised OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and Tax Administrations  in order to formally incorporate the most significant body of work ever undertaken by the OECD and its member (and indeed some non-member) countries regarding harmful international tax practices – the Base

What are the GST implications of Retentions and Bank Guarantees?

21 June 2017
While there have been no recent changes in this area, it is worth re-visiting as we have had a couple of queries on regarding Retentions and Bank Guarantees.

Seven tax planning tips to help your small business with a 2017 tax plan

7 June 2017
With the end of yet another financial year fast approaching, now is the final chance for small businesses to get their 2017 tax planning in order.

New 12.5 percent withholding tax on property transactions

7 June 2017
To ensure Australia captures as much tax as possible from property transactions a new withholding tax has been introduced and will apply to contracts entered into on or after 1 July 2017. Under the new provisions where a foreign resident disposes of:

Signing the Multilateral Instrument

6 June 2017
What happens if you threw a party and the guest of honour did not turn up? The international aspects of the G20/OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project will become a reality at a treaty signing ceremony to be held in Paris, on 7 June 2017. 

Chevron Australia’s transfer pricing fight to go (at least) another round

22 May 2017
Chevron Australia has lodged the necessary paperwork with the Australian High Court registry, to apply for special leave to appeal against the Full Federal Court’s decision, in the long running and ground breaking transfer pricing litigation.

2017/18 Federal Budget - Analysis

19 May 2017
In case you missed the LIVE coverage from Hotel Realm last Wednesday evening, Andrew Sykes from RSM Australia dissects "The Rocky Horror Budget". It was just a jump to the left for Malcolm Turnbull, but still a step to the right with continued attacks on public service pay growth and decentralisation.

ATO releases draft transfer pricing guidance on international related party financing arrangements

17 May 2017
On 16 May 2017, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) issued in draft form a Practical Compliance Guideline (PCG 2017/D4) outlining its proposed compliance approach to the transfer pricing implications arising from cross border ‘related party financing arrangements’ (RPFAs). 

Federal Budget brings relief for some doctors

16 May 2017
The government was keen to assure Australians that there will be better certainty when it comes to health funding, with the Budget seeing a $10 billion allocation re-invested over four years into the health care system. Unfreezing Medicare Rebates

Australian GST: low value threshold (LVT) changes a step closer

12 May 2017
With a low value threshold (LVT) set at AUD$1,000, Australia has been very much at the ‘generous’ end of the global spectrum of GST-free imported goods, to the benefit of Australian consumers and the chagrin of Australian retailers.

The arguments and the Court's decision

3 May 2017
Australia wins gold in the international transfer pricing games The Commissioner’s arguments The Commissioner made determinations under both Division 13 and Subdivision 815-A, totalling approximately A$340m, based on his view that:

Detailed discussion of the facts

3 May 2017
Australia wins gold in the international transfer pricing games The facts

Australia wins gold in the international transfer pricing games

2 May 2017
Australia has shot to international prominence in the transfer pricing world following the Full Federal Court’s recent decision, dismissing the taxpayer’s appeal against the first instance decision in favour of the Australian Tax Office (ATO): Chevron Australia Holdings Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation [2017] FCAFC 62

Government announces changes to 457 visa

19 April 2017
Temporary Employer Skilled Migration Programme – 457 visa to be replaced

Fringe Benefits Tax Spotlight

18 April 2017
Customer Loyalty Programs Do you provide employees with a business credit card associated with a customer loyalty program? 

Increase of the Small Business Entity Turnover to $10m

11 April 2017
The Government has announced that it will accept changes made by the Senate to the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan) Bill 2016. The Bill will likely be passed by the House of Representatives in the next parliamentary session.

Employee or Contractor - Busting the Myths

10 April 2017
Determining whether your worker is an employee or a contractor is a complicated issue and one that in which business owners often make mistakes.

What are the top five tax deductions for rental properties?

7 April 2017
For the many people who own and rent out a residential investment property, here is a list of the top five tax deductions to ensure that you are maximising the tax benefits of investment property ownership. 1.  Depreciation and Capital Works 

Small business tax cuts pass Parliament, but no relief for larger corporates

3 April 2017
On Friday 31 March 2017, following an extended sitting of the Australian Senate, the Government achieved another political victory in the face of the brinksmanship which passes for the current Parliamentary process; a deal was struck with the Senate crossbench to pass a watered down version of the Government’s key economic policy initiative –the reduction of the c

Australia’s Diverted Profits Tax now a reality

28 March 2017
The Bill introducing Australia’s version of the Diverted Profits Tax (DPT) completed its passage through the Parliamentary process on Monday, 27 March 2017, and now awaits Royal Assent before becoming law.

Software Based R&D Claims – Uncertainties From ‘Agile Development’

21 March 2017
Recent examples of ‘agile development’ from the R&D Tax Incentive administrator have brought uncertainty to the start-up sector. Taxpayers must be more vigilant than ever in how Software R&D claims are prepared. What Is the R&D Tax Incentive?

Australia broadens the tax ‘resident’ test for foreign incorporated companies

20 March 2017
ATO gets a powerful new weapon, as Australia broadens the tax ‘resident’ test for foreign incorporated companies. ATO issues draft ruling on central management and control (CM&C) of foreign incorporated companies.

Bywater Investments Case Study - Australian tax resident or not?

20 March 2017
Bywater Investments - the case in short 

Deductions for Mining & Petroleum Exploration Expenditure

15 March 2017
The Australian Taxation Office (“ATO”) have recently issued Taxation Ruling TR 2017/1 to provide guidance on the application of both section 8-1 and section 40-730 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (“ITAA1997”). 

ATO alert sparks concern for software development R&D Tax Incentives (TA2017/5)

24 February 2017
The recent alert issued by the ATO (TA2017/5), has raised some fears and concerns among innovators in established technology firms  as well as the start-up community.  

Making sense of eligible Research and Development tax incentives

15 February 2017
Does your company conducts Research & Development (R&D)? Did you know: you may qualify for tax incentives (45 cents per $1 spent!) View our tax concession examples.  

Backpackers Tax explained - employers take note!

23 January 2017
A collective sigh of relief could be heard across the country on 5 December 2016 when the Federal Government finally passed the Working Holiday Maker Reform Bill 2016. 

Payroll Tax and Medical Practices - a Potential Game Changer

16 December 2016
The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal in Winday International Pty Ltd v Chief Commissioner of State Revenue has found that radiologists working at an imaging facility were employees of the facility provider for payroll tax purposes under the “employment agent” provisions.

Fuel tax vs road user charge - what has history taught us?

15 December 2016
This a story in two parts. The first is the history of this plan, the second the (longer) history of the Fuel Tax scheme.

15 percent backpacker tax, a win for primary producers

5 December 2016
After waiting 18 months for legislators to reach a sensible conclusion to the highly contentious backpacker tax, a vote for 15 percent in the final hours of the parliamentary year is a major victory for long-suffering Australian farmers.

Australian Diverted Profits Tax - exposure draft released

30 November 2016
On 29 November 2016, the Australian Treasury released an exposure draft of the proposed Australian version of the Diverted Profits Tax (DPT), together with an explanatory memorandum.  The consultation period for the draft legislation closes on 23 December 2016.

International tax reform: Implementation a (large) step closer.

28 November 2016
The ‘how’ and the ‘when’ of international tax reform took a large step forward with the 24 November 2016 release by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) of the text, and accompanying explanatory statement to the “Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting”.

Non-resident? Understand the new NSW property taxes that could affect you

21 November 2016
If you are a ‘foreign person’, you may now find yourself subject to two additional surcharges recently introduced in NSW regarding residential land and real estate purchased and owned. The two new surcharges include:

Will you enjoy the summer holidays as much as your team?

21 November 2016
It’s a typical scenario for many business owners.

Fringe Benefits Tax – Simplified Approach to Log-Books

24 October 2016
The ATO have taken steps to lessen the administrative burden for employers with a fleet of more than 20 cars with the release on 19 October 2016 of Practical Compliance Guideline 2016/10.  

Australian GST: Compliance savings for non-residents

12 October 2016
Australia has been hastening slowly to reduce the GST compliance burden on non-residents, and after 6 years of ‘deliberation’, the measures finally came into effect on 1 October 2016.

Tax Insight: Tech Mahindra Ltd - An Equine Trilogy

3 October 2016
When you are on a good thing, stick to it – never look a gift horse in the mouth and never change horses in mid-stream.

R&D cuts, Tax cuts – is it all bad news?

28 September 2016
The reduction in the R&D tax incentive rates and the positive news for SMEs During the 2016 Federal Budget in May, the Government announced a number of potential corporate tax rate cuts over the next 12 years, to progressively reduce the corporate tax rate from 30% to 25% for all corporate tax entities ultimately regardless of turnover.

So you think you can restructure?

23 September 2016
The government recently introduced the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan) Bill 2016 which will seek to increase the aggregated turnover threshold for access to most small business tax concessions to $10m (previously $2m).

The government’s enterprising tax plan

23 September 2016
The Coalition Government has recently introduced the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan) Bill 2016 into Parliament which will increase the aggregated turnover threshold to small business tax concessions from $2m to $10m. 

1.5% Cuts to the R&D Tax Incentive in the Omnibus Bill

21 September 2016
The Omnibus Bill passed by parliament has cut the rates available under the Refundable and Non-Refundable R&D Tax Offsets by 1.5% for the first $100m of eligible expenditure.

R&D's Frequently Asked Questions

27 July 2016
R&D Tax Director Stephen Carroll answers the most frequently asked questions of startups when considering the R&D Tax Incentive.

What is the innovation investment tax incentive?

1 July 2016
RSM's R&D Tax Director Stephen Carroll explains the innovation investment tax incentive for Australian businesses and gives examples of early stage innovation businesses who would benefit from the incentive.

Foreign resident withholding payments

30 June 2016
Do you deal with property?  Are you aware that from 1 July 2016, all property transactions over $2 million in value will require the vendor to withhold 10% of the market value of the property and pay this to the Australian Taxation Office? 

Short, medium, and long term pain ahead for wineries in the Margaret River region as a result of proposed Federal Budget changes to the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET)

21 June 2016
A report following a survey of wineries in the Margaret River region in Western Australia (WA) on the proposed Federal Budget changes to the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) has revealed that many in the industry have grave concerns. The survey was commissioned by Wines of Western Australia with the analysis of the results performed by RSM.

Global Business Reaction to BEPS

15 June 2016
Survey reveals impact of BEPS on the middle market. Some have drawn a similarity between OECD’s BEPS (Base Erosion and Project Shifting) project and The Hobbit trilogy, but what exactly is BEPS?

Innovation Investment Tax Incentive

10 June 2016
On 1 July 2016 the Government’s new tax incentive to support innovation investment will come into effect.  The Tax Laws Amendment (Tax Incentives for Innovation) Bill 2016 was passed earlier this year and is a cornerstone of the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA), released by Prime Minister Turnbull late last year.

Tax planning 2016

26 May 2016
As it is coming close to the end of the financial year, it is again time to review your tax position and consider your end of year tax planning options.

Budget 2016 - Corporate Tax Rates

4 May 2016
Income Year Annual Aggregated Turnover Thresholds Rate 2016/17

Budget 2016 for R&D and Innovation

3 May 2016
The support for innovation in the 2016/17 Budget can be simply summarised as disappointing tinged with relief in a lack of cutbacks. There are only very minor announcements for innovation support through specific focuses, such as $200,000 for FinTech and $2.4 million for Landing Pads in Singapore and Berlin.

Budget 2016 for International Businesses

3 May 2016
Key announcements The Government has announced it will strengthen the anti-avoidance measures for multinationals recently legislated and previously announced in the 2015/16 Federal Budget by introducing the following additional measures:

Budget 2016 for SMEs

3 May 2016
Key announcements Increase in small business entity turnover threshold from $2 million to $10 million; Increase the unincorporated small business tax discount; Amendment to Division 7A to allow self-correction for inadvertent breaches.

Budget 2016 for Corporations

3 May 2016
Cuts to Company Tax Rate The company tax rate will be reduced to 25% over the next 10 years. The company tax rate will be progressively reduced to 25% between the 2016/17 and 2026/27 income years.

Tax Reform Discussion and a State Income Tax

20 April 2016
This issue deserves some real consideration. Of course, the devil is in the detail (which we haven’t seen yet) but the concepts are worth looking at. The idea of a State Income Tax does not appear out of nowhere, and it is worth looking briefly at the history of this issue.

Corporate interest deductions to be reduced?

19 April 2016
Issue: News leaks that the Government will further reduce interest deductions for multinational groups. Action: Prepare for the worst, but perhaps with a reduced company tax rate to soften the blow?

Taking a bite out of new FBT meal benefit rules

5 April 2016
Are you part of a not-for-profit (NFP) health organisation that offers benefits to its workers in exchange for lower wages? If so, you need to know that the Federal Government has introduced changes to fringe benefit rules from April 1.

Accelerated Deprecation for Primary Production Businesses to Mitigate the Effects of Drought

1 April 2016
As of 12 May 2015 Primary Producers are allowed to: Claim an immediate deduction for capital expenditure on fences and water facility assets such as dams, tank bores, pumps, windmills etc. used in the business of primary production

Work-related car expenses - a timely reminder

10 March 2016
If you use the log book method to claim a car expense deduction you are required to keep a record of for a minimum continuous period of 12 weeks. There’s less than 16 weeks remaining in this financial year so it’s best if you start recording your trips now.

Australian GST extended to tax foreign B2C digital supplies

22 February 2016
The Government recently introduced a Bill which has significant GST implications for non-Australian businesses interacting with the Australian economy.  The changes are grouped in two categories. 

R&D case strengthens definition of a core activity

12 February 2016
JLSP and Innovation Australia [2016] AATA 23

Tax Reform – Improving the Building Blocks

29 January 2016
Nothing in this world can be said to be certain, except death, taxes, and calls for tax reform. When elected in 2013, the Coalition Government promised to deliver a White Paper on tax reform during its first term, which it would use as a tax policy platform to take to the 2016 election.

Significant Global Entities: Country-by-Country Reporting obligations now law

21 December 2015
Royal Assent was given on 11 December 2015 to the ‘Combating Multinational Tax Avoidance’ Act.  The new law:

A review of the Innovation Plan – the hits and misses

9 December 2015
The release of the Federal Government’s Innovation Statement through the National Innovation and Science Agenda came on a day that iron ore and oil prices continued to drop.

Superannuation – a due date that cannot be negotiated

3 December 2015
To the surprise of many employers, missed, or late, superannuation payments can have significant financial and administrative consequences for the business.

BEPS: New Australian Developments

24 November 2015
BEPS Action 2: Board of Tax releases anti-hybrid discussion paper

BEPS: final global sign-off

24 November 2015
G20 Leaders endorsement

Simplified transfer pricing record keeping for SMEs

16 October 2015
Spreading Christmas cheer (with a healthy dose of caution required) 

BEPS project final reports released: OECD calls ‘paradigm shift’

6 October 2015
Pascal Saint-Amans, Director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration at the OECD, released the 2015 BEPS reports during a global webcast on Monday 5 October 2015.  Consisting of 13 Final Reports and an explanatory statement, the package of measures has been adopted by the OECD Ministerial Council, and must now be adopted by the G20 finance ministers (8 Octo

Company taxpayers: are you ready for the public disclosure of your tax data?

4 October 2015
Since tax was first collected, a fundamental feature of tax law has been the unconditional secrecy surrounding taxpayer data. In Australia that position changed in June 2013 when Australia’s tax secrecy laws were amended, directing the ATO to publicly report certain large company tax data.

Multinational anti-avoidance law for real: Australian legislation introduced

21 September 2015
In introducing the ‘Combating multinational tax avoidance’ bill to the Australian Parliament on 16 September 2015, the government has taken another unilateral step in its fight against international base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS).  The new bill contains three changes, all of which have been the subject of earlier exposure draft legislation.

Employee or independent contractor?

15 September 2015
Over the past couple of decades there has been a clear shift away from 'traditional employment' and towards people acting as independent contractors. This is particularly so in the building industry.

National Innovation and Science Agenda

12 September 2015
A detailed analysis of what you need to know about Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's highly anticipated $1.1 bn innovation strategy The Federal Government has released its much anticipated Innovation Agenda but what does this mean for business and individuals.  The framework of the government’s innovation policy focuses on four key pillars:

R&D expenditure - is it really incurred?

7 September 2015
Last week, the full federal court in Commissioner of Taxation v Desalination Technology Pty Ltd [2015] FCAFC 96 overturned the decisions of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the single judge of the federal court in denying the taxpayer a research and development (R&D) deduction for amounts incurred by an associate party on behalf of the taxpayer.

RSM’s response to Vision for a Science Nation: Australia's future

2 September 2015
While the R&D Tax Incentive is one of the effective mechanisms for stimulating innovation in Australia, Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competitiveness can be improved by enhancing and developing new incentives to increase Australia’s investment in innovation, according to RSM.

Tax reform 2016: what’s it all about?

13 August 2015
Some in the political media would have us believe Tax Reform 2016 is dead before it starts, and that because Australia currently faces a failure of political leadership – meaningful tax reform is difficult at the best of times, but at present, there simply is not the depth of character, or belief, in Canberra or the state capitals to push through the necessary chan

Australia increases the pressure on multi-national tax avoidance

6 August 2015
On 6 August 2015 several further steps were taken in Australia in the move to generate additional tax from multinational corporations.

Investment vehicles minimise taxes

4 August 2015
Your choice of investment structure can save you a lot on taxes. Available structures include self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs), family or unit trusts and companies, as well as holding property individually or in joint names.

The 'Netflix' tax: a wing and a prayer

17 July 2015
A GST integrity measure announced in the recent federal budget seeks to ensure that there is a level playing field for the suppliers of digital products and services in Australia in relation to the GST.

Employee share scheme (ESS) changes

26 June 2015
From 1 July 2015, ESS changes allow taxing points to be deferred and introduce a significant new concession for 'start-up' companies. Tax deferral The maximum period of tax deferral increases from 7 years to 15 years.

Lowdown on tax concessions

10 June 2015
This is the time of the year when farmers get their last chance to reduce any tax liabilities before it is simply too late. With fantastic cattle prices, strong demand for sheep meat and finally wool prices heading north, suddenly livestock producers have a tax problem. Admittedly, grain yields and prices were lower than the previous year, but many farmers sold car

Small businesses instant asset write-off

29 May 2015
Instant write-off for small businesses Small businesses will be able to claim an immediate tax deduction for each asset that costs less than $20,000 (net of GST credits), to the extent the asset is used for tax-deductible purposes. 

Base erosion & profit shifting (BEPS) - Action 7: OECD releases Revised Discussion Draft

18 May 2015
Action 7 of the G20/OECD BEPS Project addresses the artificial avoidance of permanent establishment status.  A Revised Discussion Draft (RDD) was released on 15 May 2015, and will be open for public comment until 12 June 2015.  There will be no further public consultations, and the working party will be asked to finalise its recommendations at a meeting on 22-26 Ju

Australia introduces a 'Google tax' after all

13 May 2015
Snapshot The proposed multinational anti-avoidance tax integrity measure (Australia’s version of the ‘Google tax’) will:

Australia changes horses: drops the ‘Google tax’ option but chases the ‘Starbucks effect’

7 May 2015
It is ‘silly season’ in Australia at present – that twilight period ahead of the release of the annual Federal Budget, scheduled this year for Tuesday, 12 May 2015. The media is, as usual, awash with speculation regarding what is ‘hot’ and what is ‘not’ in the world of tax.

New tax rules for earnout arrangements

24 April 2015
On 23 April 2015, the government released exposure draft legislation to implement the long awaited changes to the treatment of ‘earnout arrangements’ connected with the sale of a CGT asset (typically shares/units in a company/trust, or the sale of business assets).

What is tax planning?

17 April 2015
Often accountants can be heard talking about and encouraging taxation planning to our clients. It is an oft used catchcry in the business world that ‘failing to plan is planning to fail’, this may well be an accurate statement, but how much taxation planning and strategy is acceptable before you raise the ire of the ATO? 

WA state tax exemption for charitable bodies or organisations

10 April 2015
How will the changes affect your organisation?

International tax update - Australia

9 April 2015
Australia is making plenty of noise on the international tax scene at the moment, which is notable given the current state of global tax turmoil. Of present note:

Tax reform 2015 – a background

30 March 2015
The Abbott Federal Liberal-National Party Coalition Government was elected in September 2013 on a platform of 'economic repair' which included promises to conduct two related white paper processes leading into the next federal election: a white paper on tax reform, and a white paper on the reform of Australia’s Federation.

Exploration development incentive - should mineral explorers opt in or out?

16 March 2015
The Exploration Development Incentive (EDI) was enacted with the passing of the Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2014 Measures No. 7) Act 2014 in March 2015.

Fringe benefits tax – tax tips for year end

16 March 2015
With 31 March just around the corner, many businesses are focusing on ways to reduce their fringe benefits tax (FBT) liability. We have therefore provided the following strategies that may help in reducing FBT.

'Stopping multinational tax avoidance': ALP policy launch

16 March 2015
The Australian Labor Party (ALP) has outlined proposed measures to combat multinational tax avoidance in a 2 March 2015 policy launch.  The proposed measures expect to raise $1.9bn over three years, and comprise:

Practical applications of BEPS Action 13: transfer pricing documentation and country-by-country (CbC) reporting

6 March 2015
The organisation for economic co-operation and development launched the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project in September 2013 to develop an action plan to standardize and modernize global tax policy. 

Countdown to tax reform - 2015 Intergenerational Report

5 March 2015
Joe Hockey, Australia’s treasurer, released the 2015 Intergenerational Report (IGR) on Thursday 5 March 2015, and in so doing has taken a step closer to kicking off the stalled tax reform process.

OECD to hold public consultation on several transfer pricing related BEPS action points

5 March 2015
On March 19 and 20 the OECD will hold its public consultation on action points 8, 9 and 10 of the base erosion and profit splitting (BEPS) project. Topics on the agenda include:

Payroll tax update for WA

5 March 2015
Payroll tax threshold The Western Australian payroll tax threshold went from $750,000 to $800,000 on 1 July 2014. Plans to raise it to $850,000 have been delayed to 1 July 2016 (at this stage!).

Base erosion & profit shifting (BEPS) - OECD webcast 12 February 2015

12 February 2015
The OECD’s senior tax leadership delivered a rapid-fire 1 hour webinar from Paris on 12 February, 2015.  The presentation provided an update on BEPS development since late 2014, and outlined the (very heavy) 2015 work program as the BEPS project enters its second and final year.

Proposed changes to the taxation of employee share schemes

23 January 2015
Following the release of its Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda in October 2014, the Federal Government has now released exposure draft legislation proposing changes to the income tax treatment of employee share schemes (ESS). The changes are intended to apply from 1 July 2015.

Legislative developments and progress on transfer pricing documentation

14 January 2015
The reformation process of Australia's transfer pricing regime that commenced in November 2011 has continued apace in 2014. 2015 is also likely to be a year of significant change.

Informed and holistic approach needed for GST debate

12 January 2015
The recent debate around the broadening of the GST base to include either fresh food versus private health and private education feels a little like introducing bandaids when major and painful surgery is required.

G20 / OECD BEPS project - the end of the beginning ushers in the beginning of the end game

29 November 2014
On 5 October 2015, the OECD has announced it will release the final package of measures for a co-ordinated international approach to the reform of the global tax system under the G20/OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project.  
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